Wednesday, 17 September 2014


The flagging box office received an unexpected bump at the weekend, as two new releases easily claimed the top spots. None of the holdovers in the Top 20, however, declined in their weekend takings by over 50%, so it was a fairly successful frame for almost all concerned.

1. No Good Deed ($24,250,283)
A strong start for the thriller, which stars popular actors Idris Elba and Taraji P Henson. Benefitting from a serious lack of recent competition, Sony ScreenGems' thriller raked in over $8 million more than its nearest rival, and has clearly been a hit with those audiences who turned out to see it.

2. Dolphin Tale 2 ($15,873,397)
Unusually, Warner Bros. decided not to release this sequel to 2011's Dolphin Tale in 3D, despite the fact that they'd released that earlier film in the format. As a result, though probably also due to a general lack of interest, the film marked a dip in gross, off from Dolphin Tale's $19.2 million.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy ($8,102,358)
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($4,855,136)
5. Let's Be Cops ($4,378,297)

6. The Drop ($4,104,552)
James Gandolfini's final film opened in 809 theatres and grossed an impressive $4.1 million. A larger nationwide expansion beckons for Fox Searchlight's film, which has received fair reviews following a TIFF premiere.

7. If I Stay ($3,937,176)
8. The November Man ($2,800,262)
9. The Giver ($2,572,763)
10. The Hundred-Foot Journey ($2,423,269)

18. Finding Fanny ($515,393)

19. Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt? ($461,179)
Even by the low standards of this misjudged franchise, and the equally low expectations of any of its installments, an opening weekend haul of less than $500k is a pathetic result. Forecasts have the entire series coming in at a cumulative total of less than $10 million.

25. The Skeleton Twins ($380,691)
In 15 theatres, the Sundance award-winning comedy-drama takes in $25,379 per-theatre, a very strong opening for any film. Roadside Attractions have this set to expand nationwide on the 26th.

39. My Old Lady ($124,680)
Given the rather tepid response at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was probably wise to release this starry drama sooner than most of its fellow TIFF premieres.

Is it the staggered release of TWC's much-awaited relationship drama that has stymied its opening weekend gross? For a film with such a well-known cast and some decent awards buzz, this must rank as one of the year's biggest arthouse disappointments yet.

61. The Green Prince ($32,698)
62. Take Me to the River ($25,588)

80. Bird People ($7,443)
Pascale Ferran's English-language debut film might have been expected to perform better than a measly $7.4k, and in only one cinema to boot. Divisive reviews, if anything, ought to have helped matters.

83. I Am Eleven ($5,800)
84. The Quitter ($5,588)

87. Honeymoon ($4,131)
British horror film Honeymoon stars Game of Thrones actor Rose Leslie. That hasn't been enough to convince American audiences to turn up to see it.

93. Smiling Through the Apocalypse ($2,590)
98. Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation ($2,009)
102. The Mystery of Happiness ($382)

After The Giver posted better holds than were predicted after its typically-weak opening, The Maze Runner targets the top spot with better reviews than had been predicted. This Is Where I Leave You may be a sleeper hit over the next few weeks, or it may not, while A Walk Among the Tombstones is obviously not being considered another Liam Neeson hit, due to the release pattern being pursued.